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Friday, February 25th, 2011 at 8:50 am  |  134 responses

Post Up: Right Behind Ya

Bulls pull within two games of Heat; Nuggets upset Celts.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

Chicago 93, Miami 89

With two groups that (intentionally or not) stayed relatively quiet before yesterday’s trade deadline, this was one of the few possible match-ups that could’ve been played last night without a major or minor addition having to sit out. Before yesterday, the Bulls were seated only a few of games behind the East’s “elite”—the Celts and the Heat—and still needed to prove themselves against those two before we can really take them seriously as a Championship contender.

Well, this proof enough? Chicago stayed within elbow’s reach of Miami during the first half, then jumped ahead in the third before clawing for the win in the fourth. Late in the final quarter, a powerful LeBron James and-1 evened things up with 37 ticks remaining, but on the ensuing possession, Derrick Rose (26 points, 6 dimes) found an open Luol Deng (20 points, 10 boards) in the corner, and Deng sank the 3 without thought. With 16 seconds left, the Heat inbounded at halfcourt, and LeBron bricked a top-of-the-key J that would’ve tied it. (Does that answer your “Who takes the final shot?” question?) DWade led the Heat with 34, but I think the real lesson is an obvious one: The Bulls are very much for real. Proceed accordingly.

Denver 89, Boston 75

We probably should’ve seen this coming. The Celts, reportedly furious with the loss of ex-teammate Kendrick Perkins, didn’t seem too focused on actual basketball, while the Nuggets, fresh off a victory sans-Melo and with the new guys all eligible to play, seem to have picked up some “We can do this”-type momentum. The two were neck-and-neck for the first 44 or so minutes, but a Wilson Chandler (16 points) three-pointer sparked a game-ending, home crowd-influenced 16-0 run—not all by Chandler. Kenyon Martin led Denver with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Paul Pierce led Boston with only 17. You’d think the low score would be good for the Celtics, who thrive in a defensive-minded dogfight, but the lack of points was more the result of poor play than tough D. The C’s now head west to L.A., where they’ll take on Blake Griffin and friends.

Last Call: Chris Bosh was 1-18 from the field, scoring 7 and delivering arguably the worst shooting performance anyone has put up all season. (Gotta be, right?) Carlos Boozer did get him pretty good on the nose here, but there’s no denying Bosh did some acting work to draw the foul. Even Reggie Miller was impressed.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    First… now for my quick post…

  • Squirrel7

    Genuinely intrigued about what Eboy has to say, having constantly belittled the Bulls, and claimed that they were only beating the small teams. I’ll assume it was all down to home-court advantage… (and no, I don’t support the Bulls, just remember thinking at the buzzer about all the talk about how Heat would run Chicago out of town).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Good win for the Bulls. Great effort from their three stars….not so great from the Heat’s three. Chris Bosh should have had his ass on the bench from the middle of the third quarter to the finish. He cost them the game. Great job as usual in a loss, Sporon.

  • Bruno

    Bosh 1-18 and that play with boozer says everything about him hahaha and miami only got 2 bench points

  • Brahsef

    Heat/Celtics was an entertaining game. Heat should have won, and I don’t think they’re fans are that worried when Bosh went 1-18. Man, sometimes you just can’t hit shit.

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    Can team that’s 13-13 on the road really be taken “seriously as a Championship contender”? Also, the Celtics trade of Perkins makes no sense. Especially after their multiple statements that their “starting 5 has never lost a playoff series”. I guess Shaq will pick up the slack?

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Eboy, you talked a LOT of sh1t yesterday. So I hope you suck a big one from all the commentators here today! Just saying. Love ya anyways, no homo.

    I missed the entire all star weekend, but i got to see a picture of Baron throwing the oop to Blake. Looked great…

    Kobe with the MVP. Love it! Please, no more comparisons of Kobe and MJ. Both are great, but at this point in Kobe’s career MJ would have been retired. Let him play.

    Holy SH1T a lot of deals went down yesterday. The ONE trade dead line that actually was worth paying attention to, and I didn’t get any news, highlights, or… well, anything. Until now.

    Knicks are looking great, especially long term. Utah… RIP. Denver, welcome to .500 or below for the next few seasons. Oj Mayo to the Pacers for the white gumby, what? Thunder with two big pick ups… now they are actually looking like contenders. Celtics, I hope they have a plan, i.e. Sheed or Troy or something.

    I miss this place. I got to watch a highlight on a computer here a few weeks back of Rose crossing up Hinrich, nice!

    Congrats to JTaylor on two days without saying anything vulgar towards Kobe.

    What up to the rest of the SLAM fam.

    Take this season in ladies… I have seen 3 games this season. I hate all of you! : )

    James

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    Bench Bosh for whom, E? A member of the same bench group that was outpointed and outrebounded by almost 20 in each case?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Squirrel, if I speak with honesty? I don’t think the Bulls win more than 2 games in a 7 game series,this season, against the Heat. How pray-tell, do you come up with that horrible logic Eboy, after the Bulls just beat the Heat for the second time this season? Well, unless there is injury to the Heat or the Bulls, I think the Heat will wind up with the top record in the East. The Bulls will finish a strong second. It seems like there is a real possibility that these two teams will wind up playing each other in the Conference Finals (yes, I’m now overlooking the Celtics). If that’s the case, the Bulls have been a mediocre road team, the Heat are much better. The Heat will steal one game in Chicago. The Bulls can steal one in Miami. Homecourt will be the determining factor. This I’m certain.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Kulcha, I would have gave some minutes to Howard, more to James Jones. Bosh was a burden all game. If he would have shot 15%…the Heat would have won by 5. James, glad to see you kid….I’m still talking sh*t. I’m not worried.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The Bulls come to Miami next Sunday. We’ll revisit my thoughts then and see if they can prove me wrong with Miller in the lineup. We’ll revisit it again in May when the Heat have Haslem back too. My only concern is Sporon.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Just a little bit.

    I don’t even want the playoffs to start. Considering the only way I get to watch is if the lock out some how happens in the near future and the playoffs start in mid July! Or Gilbert Arenas holds David Stern hostage for a few months, just enough time for me to get back to Canada to watch my Lakers three peat.

  • Brahsef

    1-18. Comeon now, they were sayin on the air that’s the second worse shooting percentage in a game ever.

    Bosh had a horrendous night, sometimes you can’t hit shit…and it’s the sole reason why they lost.

  • http://www.slamonline.com KulchaKris

    I think the “Miami is 1-7 versus the top teams” stat is a little misleading. Correct me if I am wrong, but 5 of those 8 games have been against the Celtics and the Bulls, two of the top 3 teams in the East. No shame in losing to those teams IMO.

  • http://www.slamonline.com peter

    SNIPER!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Can the refs PLEASE start calling the fouls more consistently when Rose goes to the hole and gets mugged??
    Just cause the dude takes the contact and doesn’t crumble to the floor and shreik in pain like a Bosh, err I mean like a b*tch (same thing) doesn’t mean he didn’t get fouled.
    Dude was not getting any calls till the end.
    Meanwhile you look at Wade the wrong way, it’s a foul. I’m surprised they called a tech on dude, he usually gets away with murda when it comes to verbally abusing the refs.
    I think the Heat would’ve had a better chance if Wade and James had just said “eff you Bosh” and stopped passin him the ball around the 1 for 12 mark.
    Yes, he’s an all star and a part of the big three, blah blah blah, but at some point they just gotta say dude ain’t doing nothing for us, let’s find a second third option.
    Good to see James the Balla is safe.
    Eboy, with a gun to my head I’d still pick the Heat over the Bulls in a 7-game series, but you do sound overly confident about a team that’s 1-7 against the league’s top 5 teams.
    Bulls have now beaten all the top teams in the NBA at least I’ve this season.
    That was true before last night, but now no more “no LeBron against the Heat” excuses.
    Sorry Knicks fans, NY don’t count as a top team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    YEAAHHH, I was going crazy when the Bulls won, so awesome, suck it heatles. Drose made a great play at the end because everybody would’ve been content if he took the last shot but he saw something better and did what’s right. Gotta love the Bulls.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Let’s not put the Heat and Bulls in any series yet, alot of things can happen in the east, first let’s see miami beat boston, we don’t know sh*t about the Knicks, everybody’s writing them off because of the short rotation and their defense, but let’s see them play a couple of games together, don’t forget Melo plays really well when he’s matched up with LeBron, I’ll take STAT over Bosh anyday and Billups can do some damage too, I think Miami would beat them but still, let’s not get ahead or ourselves :P

  • http://google c_cantrell

    did jeff green play last night?

  • http://nicekicks.com Meloman2.0

    that acting job by Bosh is exactly why hes hated so much

  • HAMMER

    If last night bulls/ heat game was a preview of a potential matchup n the playoffs, we r n 4 a treat. Playoff type win 4 chi

  • MUBWAR

    Im so tired of our bench. 2 freaking points the entire game. And where was Mike Miller in this game? The Heat won’t win anything if whenever Bron goes to the bench, every team is catching up on us.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Oh and Deng was the MVP last night. 20, 10 and 5.
    Solid job defensively. Ain’t nobody in the world stopping LeBronbJameanbut Deng did as good a job as you can hope for.
    And he hit the game winner.
    People still sleep on Deng but dude is a solid player.
    And nbk, if you see this – Omer Asik had 11 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench last night.
    He also once had 11 rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench earlier this month. He averages about a block a game too.
    You see why the Bulls didn’t want to trade him at the deadline for a slight upgrade at shooting guard?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    *LeBron James
    I hate typing on my phone

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Keith Bogans was almost as bad as Chris Bosh….and Bosh played the worst game of his career last night. I think a slight upgrade over Bogans would be a pile of horsesh*t, Enig.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Royal

    Yea Rose gets killed in the paint ,yet gets very few calls…I was impressed with Asik yesterday he’s a good backup center….very active

  • Bruno

    co-sign Meloman

  • Judgeloc

    Enigmatic is right about the foul calls… the refs are so inconsistent that it really gets my blood boiling! BUT… The real story from last nights game has to be Luo Deng. Im saying that the dude is underrated, period. DRose is having an MVP year while Booz and Noah have been out… but the constant is Deng. Hes been there the whole year doing everything you can possibly do on a BBall court. Last night he had dunks, left handed reverse lay-ins, mid-range game, he hit that clutch 3 pointer, and played good D all night. Give it up to him!

  • http://google c_cantrell

    did jeff green get any burn last night or not??

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    The Bulls just aren’t contenders in my eyes…due to the fact they’re pretenders on the road. The Bulls have become the Jazz of the Eastern Conference! Good team in the regular season, but not to be taken serious once the real season starts.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Kieth Bogans isn’t expected to make a solid contribution every night like Bosh is, so that comparison makes no sense.
    And 1/18 is still a lot worse than 0/4.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I wouldn’t go that far, IAMORANGE, they just need consistent effort on the road. That makes a great team. That’s why the Lakers and the Celts (up until yesterday) are/were considered the elite, ’cause they can go into anyone’s building and win a huge game. The Bulls have to make that type of consistent effort. The Heat have done that thus far this season (except losing to the Celts and the Bulls) against other good teams. They beat the Lakers, the Magic, the Thunder, three contending teams. Again, if Chicago comes in to Miami next Sunday and takes THAT game, I’m giving them legitimacy, not just a chance.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Lebron played grown man basketball for 47 minutes but quickly became Queen James in the final minute. That clanker that would of tied it showed why people were hesitant to crown him king of basketball instead of KB24. Barkley also admitted to his bias towards LBJ last nite and blamed the Coach for the bad shot LBJ took. Best player in the world my @$s.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    That’s going to be one of their Achilles Heels, Enig. Bosh isn’t going to have a series of 1/18 games. Bogans needs to do more than produce 0/4 efforts to win a series. I’ll put my money on Bosh not shooting 7/126 over a seven game series.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Kap literally is the stupidest person in the history of SLAMOnline. This can NOT be understated.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    By Kap’s logic, Rose was a bi*ch too for not taking the last shot for the Bulls and passing it out to Deng. Gotcha, moron…..great call.

  • Bruno

    well what eboy said is right, that’s why I don’t get that 1-7 record against elite teams everyone’s saying or what espn says miami still winless vs. east’s best

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Boston is no longer the same team…that can’t be understated either. Everyone’s head to head record against them goes out the window now.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I will take that as a compliment. :)

  • MUBWAR

    If this is how Miami wanna play against the Elite, they better have the best record in the East, matter of fact the league. Let’s battle the 8 seed and the 4 or the 5 seed. Let the Bulls and Celtics battle in the second round.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Umm…what Rose did was different from Lebron because Lebron clanked a wide open three wide right against the backboard. “Clutch” James totally screwed that up. You only say that about Boston because you still fear them. I think they improved with the trade and because better offensively and became more mobile. Remember, they still took Miami to the woodshed without Perk and Delonte West. Leon Powe and Murphy will be factors for them also. They will still be the league’s best defensive team just like they were without Perk in the beginning of the year.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    The third seed is gonna have hell in the playoffs. NY in the first round and then the #2 seed possibly in the second round. That’s gonna be tough.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Sure, Kap. Your lobotomy doctor has been trying to contact you. Pick up your phone…..that thing that has numbers on it and makes sounds.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    I yet to see how Boston vastly improved their situation? What does Green REALLY give Boston? And is it worth going away from your strengths? I just don’t understand what they are doing, unless the O’neal’s have been sharing a cryogenic chamber for the past six months in preparation for the playoffs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Oh and Kap, the Lakers lost to the Cavs. Go away now.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Lol @ Sporon. Or should it be Spoeron?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    He’s been Sporon (that’s the spelling) since about mid November, Dark. It’s finally starting to catch on now.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    The Bulls are for real. I knew that after they beat New Orleans in New Orleans.
    The reason that they will make noise in the post season is because they win with defense and more importantly rebounding. They are the best rebounding team in the L. Minnesota doesn’t count. As great as Rose is, this isn’t a case of one player carrying a bad team a la AI in 01. The Bulls are a great team, with depth and size.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    Few things to keep in mind here:
    1.This is Noah’s 2nd game back. The Bulls are going to get much better once he gets his timing back.
    2. Chris Bosh can absolutely play like this every time they play the bulls. Not 1/18 bad, but I wouldn;t count on him having stellar games against us. Noah gaurded him most of the game. He’s quick enough to stay with him and long enough to context those elbow jumpers.
    3. Bulls & Heat only play each other 3 times so Bulls hold the tie breaker if they finish with the same record. Considering the Bulls are only 1 loss behind and have a much easier schedule the rest of the way, I think they have the best shot at that #1 spot.
    4. IAMORANGE sees a problem with the bulls .500 road record but nothing is wrong with his team’s .500 overall record.
    5. 1-7 against elite teams is bad no matter which way anyone tries to spin it. I know most of them are againt the Bulls and Celtics, but guess what, those are the 2 teams the heat need to beat to get to the finals.
    6. 2 players are rarely going to beat an entire team. keep focusing in on the weak link Bosh and teams should have success against the Heat.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    Damn AllBall where you been? Good to see you back.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Does that help you sleep at night? LOL…We also beat the C’s something the Miami Hotflashes can’t do. You should worry about Miami closing out close games and Queen James shying away from the last shot not who the Lakers lose to.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    just a quick comment before i “work”. if the bulls were to meet the heat in the playoffs, i honestly think it’d come down to a tight game 7. based on their performance so far, i’d give the slight edge to the heat. but things can change come May. Roseformvpalrightbye

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    When did Kendrick Perkins get on Joakim Noahs level? I hear idiots from ESPN saying the Thunder are favorites to come out the West now.

  • Ali

    MIA beach, Mike Miller, call somebody, anybody! Hahahaha…I can’t stop laughing bout Bosh Spices performance…

  • LakeShow

    Clutch Factor: Rose > Bron. might be time to turn it in for the season Heat fans. lol only kidding but that is what they would say after Lak3rs loss. D-Rose is damn good now. holy JUMPER batman!

  • http://bulls.com airs

    lets be real though, 9-24? drose can do better than that. well, maybe if he got some foul calls.

  • LakeShow

    Bill Reiter: And LeBron James’ God-awful three-point shot — a shot that could have tied the score with time running out — that screamed, “Still not clutch.”

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @ airs…He made clutch baskets at the end of the game so he did play great to some extent but he definitely struggled early on. LBJ didn’t get a lot of foul calls last nite either surprisingly.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    @Eboy @ 10:15: Boston is a different team, but to say that everyone’s head-to-head record against them means nothing now? you wish. the Celtics are 3-0 against the Heat and they only had Perkins for one of those wins (and that win, by the way, was the least convincing one). come on now. be serious.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Whats up Diesel. I had enough of the PG debates, so much so that I found my self wanting Rose to play bad. I tend to skip certain people’s comments now.
    Bron missed one shot at the end, so he is not clutch? What about the 3 point play that tied the game? Apart from Wade, Bron had no help. The Bulls got a lift from Deng, Boozer, Brewer, Asik and even Korver made a big 3 when the Bulls needed a bucket.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    I DONT KNOW WHAT IT IS but through out his career LUOL DENG always plays well vs lebron. I MEAN ALWAYS. so i wondered why the hell does he have so much confidence vs lebron?? then i remembered they were in the same H.S class and played against eachother on the prep level. lebron went to the NBA and deng then went to duke. I guess from whatever happen back in the day he always felt he could play with lebron.Ive wondered this for awhile now because even vs the CAVS deng seemed to always play well

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com just bcuz

    listen guys realize this… THE CHAMPIONSHIP IS WIDE OPEN this year!! its gonna be a fkn dogfight for that trophy because alot of teams are RIGHT THERE

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Not Really…Lakers are gonna do what they did in 2001 and sweep everyone and maybe lose one game in finals. Hollywood Ending…

  • FoCo

    EPIC flop by Bosh there…all in all a pretty epic night for the guy but probably not one he ever wants to hear about again.
    Did anybody catch Coach Karl riling up Melo during the Nuggets game? Called out his D and Melo was fired up on the Twitter. Guess he hit em where it hurts. Then the Nuggets proceeded to shut the Celtics out for the last SIX MINUTES of the game. Excited to go to a game at the Pepsi Center for the first time in about 2 years!

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2011 Diesel

    I hear ya AllBall – a lot of these conversations get old. And I’ll take full responsibility for killing the CP v Rose debate. I’ve slowed down a bit too, but I had to take the opportunity to aknolwedge a win over the Heat. What do you think about picking up Landry? You worried at all about CP going to New York?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Karls last two interviews showed that he wasn’t too fond of Melo because before that he said he was only sad about Billups leaving. K-Mart looked like K-Mart from the Nets last night also. The Nuggets have a bright future.

  • neaorin

    Great job by Bosh. My fantasy team would like to thank him for for that 1-18 performance. And Rivaldo would be so proud of that flop.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Looks like the Celtics will be getting Powe and Murphy and the Knicks will be getting Jared Jeffries.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Yeah, it was a good game last night. I maintain the Bulls will be a tough out in the play-offs. There are so many good rebounders and defenders on that squad.
    Picking up Landry was a great move. Now, Marco will have a specific role as back-up SG, knowing when and how long he is going to play. Aaron Gray will give you ten minutes behind the bigs, Landry will get the rest. in 25 minutes Landry will give you 14/15 points and 5/6 rebounds. Marcus Thornton has been too inconsistent this year to rely on in the play-offs. If New Orleans can get Kapono once he is bought out, that is the back-up SF CPposition sorted. They have arguably the easiest schedule from now until the play-offs, so they could have another good win streak.
    I’m not worried about CP leaving, as long as NO management make the right moves. He is not a guy who needs the spotlight, he is one of the more soft spoken, humble guys in the L off the court.

  • allenp

    Nobody thinks it is wack.that karl.took shots at melo. Wonder what the response would be if melo took shots at him?

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    I know the hate Vultures are gonna jump on Lebron, and it was his fault to an extent— he passed so many shots to Bosh, I was yelling at the screen…
    but Lebron scored the last five Heat points to bring the game to a tie. We’re going to disregard them and call Lebron not clutch for missing the final one? Damn.
    Spoelstra REALLLLLLLLLLY still needs to bench Joel Anthony.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    @Kap: what’s your source on that last post? hope that’s true.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    What up AllBall?
    And LeBron is clutch. It’s mostly Lakers fans talking about him not being clutch.
    Must be convenient amnesia cause I know Kobe’s missed plenty of clutch shots too.
    No one’s gonna make em all.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Actually, LBJ didn’t score the last 5 Heat points to tie the game.
    DWade hit a jumper to cut the lead to 3, and LBJ converted on a 3-point play to tie the game.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap
  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Lebron is not clutch and kobe doesn’t miss wide open three’s in the final five seconds that go wide right. LBJ constantly passes up shots i.e all star game and often misses i.e. Boston, Atlanta

  • tRay

    B Crawford is in the hiz house!!!

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    BC: too lazy to look at the boxscore, I’ll assume yer right.
    Man, I mean, it’s not worth arguing. Lebron missed the shot so he should take the blame. Go for it, guys.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    No need to assume anything, I am right. And the boxscore wouldn’t tell you that anyway.
    I personally don’t have a problem with LBJ missing that shot and I don’t place any blame on him. I was happy that he took it, make or miss.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    @Kap: thanks, man. and i’m with Crawford–it was an ugly shot, but if i were a Heat fan, I’d be happy he had the b@lls to take such a tough shot.

  • Brion

    Put more blame on Wade for leaving Deng wide open on that 3 ball.

  • LakeShow

    Eboy how many championships does Lebron have? google’s not working… lol. i love doing that everytime someone undermines the lakes.

  • raven2005

    MIA still struggles in late gm halfcourt. Spo needs 2 step it up

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Not even as a Heat fan, but as a fan of the game, you want to see LeBron (or any superstar) take shots like that no matter the outcome.
    Those are superstar moments and you want to see superstars rise to the occasion. Of course they’re not going to make them all the time, but me personally, I don’t care. I have respect for players who have the balls to take a chance in that situation and you can walk away feeling OK if they don’t make it because of who they are.
    I gained a lot of respect for Bron after that shot because of not only the situation, but the fact that last night was a really big game.

  • JTaylor21

    Is that you Brett Favre?

  • T-Money

    Chicago beat Miami fair and square yesterday. The Bulls are freaking good and they can beat anybody at home. I’ve got nothing to complain about besides Joel actually playing. That dude is NOT an NBA player, I don’t care what advanced stat you can show me. CB didn’t get shut down, he kept missing the wide open shots that are his bread n butter. I ain’t mad because he wasn’t throwing up ridiculous shots. I mean, it’s like when Ray Ray goes 1-10 on open 3s… you keep feeding him.

  • T-Money

    One thing on the Bulls though: Not sure Thibs should have Rose, Deng and Booz sitting at the same time. They can’t buy a basket in those moments. / One month left until we see the REAL 4th quarter line up for Miami: Wade-Miller-Bron-Bosh-UD. I’m confident with that 5 against any other closing 5.

  • T-Money

    Bibby and WAS are discussing a buy out. Who needs a pg? Miami, Chicago to back up Rose (Watson is garbage), who else?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Knicks.

  • JTaylor21

    Nah, when your jumpshot isn’t falling, you stop shooting it and take it to the rack. That was his problem yesterday, he saw that his shot was off yet he kept on taking it.
    That’s one thing about CB, he could attack the rim on every play just because people respect his J enough to go for the pump fake he employs but he doesn’t do it.
    He needs to man the f*ck up because he’s going to be the biggest reason why Mia either loses or wins in the playoffs.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Celtics.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Mike Miller would’ve been traded for the right package. That says a lot…

  • JRog

    For people asking about Mike Miller, it was reported that he had a “ear infection” that’s why he missed the Bulls game.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ROFL @ Kap. Lakers will sweep everyone? Ahaha.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Big win for the Denver Knicks.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    You damn right. OAN…Why is Michael Jordan allowed to run an NBA team? He sucks as a front office decision maker.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I like how the refs have started calling way more travels on players lifting their pivot feet before dribbling, in response to fan complaints to about not calling travels… The NBA will do ANYTHING to avoid calling the 3-4 step crab dribble travels.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nice, jbcuz.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Miami Heat were abysmal last night, they beat themselves as much as Chicago earned that win.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    i think that last statement was a bit contradictory, nbk.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Of course, nbk. The Heat beat themselves. It couldn’t possibly be because the Bulls played much better defense in the second half and Rose and Deng stepped their games up in the second half.
    Word?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If Chris Bosh shot 4 for 18 the Heat win. And their bench had 2 points, they beat themselves.

  • Pharoah

    Now we know why LBJ always passes up shots in the clutch. Didn’t even hit rim.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Hindsight is 20/20…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh and that Eddie House turnover late in the 4th quarter that resulted in an And-1, that also was not because of Chicago’s defense.

  • T-Money

    a bit of both – the bulls are an incredible defensive team but miami missed tons of open looks (especially bosh and house). miami is a jump shooting team, they need to knock down open looks. / bcrawford: miller was made available for nenê or dalembert. i think that’s understandable. they didn’t want to ship him out per se, but if you look at the roster he’s about the only tradeable asset.

  • Bruno

    if this or if that, hate that sh!t … bulls won last night period

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    And if Derrick Rose shot 13 for 24, Bosh’s 4 for 18 would have been negated.
    And if the refs had actually called some damn fouls when Rose was getting mugged, it wouldn’t have been as close.
    And if Michael Jordan hadn’t retired to play baseball, he woulda had 8 chips.
    And if Len Bias hadn’t passed, the Celtics woulda won more chips too.
    And if Magic Johnson didn’t have to retire due to HIV he’d be the all-time assists leader.
    And if an if was a spliff we’d be all f*cked up.
    Word to Keith Murray.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    except Bosh’s 1-18 is the worst game in 28 years, which is realistic to say if he shot 4-18 cuz that would still be horrendous. But you can get mad, it doesn’t really prove anything, just like the rest of what you said, the Heat beat themselves, its plainly obvious, The Bulls also won, I would say they each equally attributed to the outcome. Miami didn’t earn a close game loss, just a loss.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @nbk…the same goes for the bulls. Taj Gibson missed two bk to bk layups and fouled someone during a foul shot that resulted in shots. Every team has unforced errors. Its part of the game. Bulls won because they play tough D, they rebound, and they play a team game. I’m disappointed in you my friend.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I agree that he’s the only tradable asset, but I think it’s obvious that he hasn’t made the impact that the team expected him to and the team was willing to part with him, for the right situation, obviously.
    That’s not saying they want to ship him out, but he’s been a disappointment thus far and they tried to get something better.
    I just think you’re largely overstating his value/importance. A few months ago you had a stronger argument. Now, not so much.
    He’s been awful.

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    What up Jimmy (the balla) nice 2 hear from u, take gd care of yaself dawg

  • JTaylor21

    Enigmatic, enough with the cries about Rose not getting any “love” from the refs, dude has been to the line 24 times in the past 2gms. Just stop slime!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Never said the bulls played a perfect game, or even that well to be honest, just that the Heat were horrendous, which they were. LeBron and Wade scored what, every point in the second half but 3? And they still almost won, that’s not a good look for Chicago. Unless ofcourse you think its ok to barely beat a team that has a player with the worst individual performance in almost 30 years and act like you earned it. It doesn’t take anything away from Chicago to say Miami beat themselves, Chicago is still a top tier team in the East, if you have played the sport, you know teams beat themselves all the time.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Oh, as opposed to Wade who got to the line 24 times last night?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    the refs called the game fair, crappy on both sides. blaming the refs for anything that happen or could have happened in the game is whack, they are refs they don’t put the ball in the hoop.

  • JTaylor21

    What does this have to do with Wade? Don’t blame him, blame those sorry a** refs.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I thought I was blaming those sorry a** refs??

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    As opposed to Lebron, who took what, 5 free throws?

  • JTaylor21

    You’re “preaching to the choir” when you complain about Rose not getting calls. Everyone on here feels the same way about the refs; we know it’s a hard job but at least be consistent with it. There’s nothing we can do about, just bite the bullet, continue watching the games and hope that one day DStern realizes that 60yr olds shouldn’t be reffing 25 yr olds.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    True.
    nbk, still not sold on Asik? 11 rebounds in 20 minutes last night.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Asik did work last night, very impressed. I don’t think he helps them win anything with Bogans but i understand keeping him, he’s gonna be a good player.

  • JTaylor21

    Asik is nice, he’s a big body who rebounds and challenges shots well. Sounds like a player MIA is in dire need of, how bout trade MMiller, a patch of Riley’s hair and a bottle of Zo’s tough juice to Chicago for him?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    How about just coaxing Zo out of retirement? I saw him a week ago…..he’s in fantastic shape.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/load-o-bull/2011 Diesel

    Denver is better than I thought they would be after this trade. They have 2 legitimate starters at each position. They’re going to give one of those top 4 teams some problems in the playoffs.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I’m sure if Riley also offered Gar Forman one or two of his trademark Armani suits, Foreman might just budge on that deal. And he could really use that patch of hair too…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The Bulls MUST have been high on Asik if they refused Courtney Lee for him.. That’s a good thing for the Rockets.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Honestly, the Heat have done everything I’ve told them to do on that big bad list I had out after being turned off from watching their first few games… so outside of putting in Joel Anthony and getting outrebounded hardcore instead of playing their seven foot four center for 10, 15 minutes, the Heat are just getting beat. Mike Miller didn’t play, but he hasn’t had a strong impact. Bosh had a terrible game, but so did Rose, and Lebron/Wade should have just stopped FEEDING Bosh and took it to the hole. The Heat had unforced turnovers but they do that every game.
    Sorry, Chicago beat the Heat. The Heat didn’t come close to beating themselves. They didn’t play uncharacteristic of themselves at all.
    Also, is it really a good idea to bring Haslem back after missing so much time?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Derrick Rose had 26 & 6 jukai bosh had 7 WTF are you thinking comparing the two? And Miami will add a buy-out player, Haslem is ofcourse a good idea to bring back why is that even a question, he’s gonna mess up the heats rhythm from when Joel Anthony is in the game? Haha come on, and Miller has been up and down, he has had a positive impact, not really shooting but that one game and a couple buckets here and there, but rebounding and providing general hustle he has made a difference. And if you don’t think having two players score 95% of your points in a half is uncharacteristic then are you only watching them in 2k?

  • Big Pugg

    The Bulls played the night before& Noah’s second game back from injury and still getting his form back…while MIA’s Bosh shot 1-18. I say the bulls look even scarier in the playoffs. Stop saying the heat would’ve won if bosh went 4-18..he fact is the bulls or heat didny play gteat..
    Its a tough dogfight type of basketball in the playoffs and chitown just proved that they are built to win in the postseason

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    2:54pm

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    NBK: I disagree with you about a lot. I don’t think the Heat will score a buyout player (Murphy is going to the Celts, Jeffries is going to the the Knicks, no point guards are going to be bought out… I mean, rumors are floating that Pryzbilla will be bought out but I see no proof of that). Bringing a guy like Haslem back when he hasn’t played for months and the team is still trying to find a good-chemistry lineup doesn’t make sense to me, ESPECIALLY if he is played at center. Miami is having rebounding trouble and low-post issues, and a stamina-impaired, 6’8 rusty jump shooting power forward isn’t going to help, ESPECIALLY not in the playoffs where every single playoff team is big this year (EXCEPT for Boston… their trade probably helped Miami more than anyone).
    Derrick Rose shot 37%, not exactly characteristic, but Taj Gibson was equally as awful as Bosh (2-8 missing wide layups and being obliterated on the boards), look the bottom line is Chicago didn’t play a great game and they still won.
    Mike Miller has had his good moments but they haven’t been good enough where it would really be used as an excuse anymore. On average, he brings you what, 7 points and 5 rebounds? Wowzers. Not saying that Miller spreading the floor and boarding wouldn’t have turned the tides as the Heat only lost by three points, but missing Mike Miller REALLY can’t be used as a huge excuse anymore. He hasn’t had the impact that you and T-Money figured he would.
    I don’t even agree with you about the Wade/Lebron thing. This is how they’ve won most of the games they’ve played: they score 65% of the points. Their teammates have failed them constantly.
    Wow, actually I don’t think I agreed with anything you’ve said, haha.

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    Do I think Chicago -will- beat Miami in a seven games series? No.
    Do I think the possibility of Chicago beating Miami in a seven games series is high enough that saying things like “oh Bosh wasn’t at full strength!” and “we didn’t have Mike Miller!” is silly? Yes.
    Chicago likes to pack it in, prevent fast breaks, and rebound. These things HURT Miami. I like seeing Big Z and Damp split minutes though, that made me happy.

  • paul

    I wouldn’t call the Cs loss to Denver an upset. Right now, it’s impossible to know who the Celtics are as a team, how good they can be, or how bad they may turn out to be. Basically, the next couple of weeks are going to be like preseason for the Celtics, as they revamp on the fly.

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